OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
New in 2017: Now open every weekend April-October, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm! Our nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants. Join us for our three special Plant Sale Events focused on annual plants for starting your seasonal vegetable gardens.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports your school in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues. Our residential training is for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.
Both courses follow the same format.
Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in beautiful, spacious guest accommodations overlooking our gardens. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.
Course and retreat participants at OAEC can also expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.
Thanks to grant support we receive, the inclusive training fee is $950 per participant for individuals and $900 per person for members of school teams (2 or more from the same school). This covers materials, instruction & staff costs and onsite accommodations including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals during the training. We cannot offer additional scholarships. Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity. Payment in full is due at the time of registration. See the course registration page for our cancellation policy.
Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, we teach participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing and more.
By connecting to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with a STREAM focus, we support school teams in integrating the instructional school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Participants gain experience in:
Contact Program Associate Cooper Freeman to discuss your district’s participation.
Participants will be inspired to integrate the following content and place-based systems into their schools:
Through Sonoma State University, participants can receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units or 2 units of Academic Credit. If you wish to receive credits, please bring a separate check or credit card. Current fees are $90 for the CEUs, and $130 for Academic Credits. To receive these units, participants must attend all five days of the session.